One who has tried love's way in working out life's problems says, "I find it a charm. It is a preventive against sin, disease, unhappiness, and brings with it health and prosperity."
If those of us who are living in inharmony of any sort would only try love's way, even for a short time, we never could be induced to go back to the old way of living. We could never again be satisfied with the old scolding, jealous, anxious, faultfinding, slave-driving, worrying ways.
Why not try the experiment? You who have been tortured and torn to pieces for years with hot tempers, with worry, with fear, with hatred and ill will; you who have already committed suicide on many years of your life, why not turn your back on all this and try love's way?
You whose home life has been a bitter dis appointment; you husbands and wives who have quarreled, who have never known what peace and comfort are, give love's way a trial. It will not disappoint you. Love will smooth out all your wrinkles, it will put a new spirit into your home that was never there before, it will bring a new light into your eyes, new hope and new joy into your heart.
You whose lives have been lonely and barren, who, perhaps, have soured on life; you doubters, you skeptics, you pessimists, you who have tried the selfish way, the greedy way, who have sought only your own happiness, you who have tried the fretting way, the worrying way, you whose lives are filled with fear and jealousy and all sorts of discords, why not try love's way?
All other ways than love's have failed to bring happiness. The selfish way always will fail, because it is not in harmony with the law of God, with eternal principle. Love's way is. It harmonizes with all that is real, all that is true and beautiful, and it always works. It will unravel all your snarls and solve all your problems.
There is a better way for all you, who, so far, have found life a bitter disappointment. There is a better way for all who bear the scars and stains of strife, who have been battered and buffeted by the old way, in which there has been no rest, no harmony, no sweetness. It is love's way. Try it for every trouble, for every hurt and sorrow, for every difficult problem that confronts you.
You mothers who have worn yourselves to a frazzle and prematurely aged yourselves in trying to bring up your children by scolding, nagging, punishing, driving, why not try love's way instead? You can love your boys and girls into obedience and respect much more quickly and with far better results to them and to yourself than by driving them; appeal to their best and noblest instincts instead of their worst, and you will be surprised to see how quickly and readily they will respond to your appeal.
There is something in human nature which protests against being driven or forced. If you have been trying to force your boys and girls in the past, give it up and try the new way, love's way. See if it does not work wonders in your home. See if it will not make your domestic machinery run much more smoothly. See if it will not wonderfully relieve the strain upon yourself. Give love's way a trial.
Forced work, forced obedience, never brings the best results. I know a man who is so wrought up all the time by trying to regulate everybody and everything to his individual pattern, to bring everybody to his way of thinking, and to do things just as he does them, that there is no living in peace with him. His children fairly dread his home coming. No matter what they are doing it is wrong. He is sure to blame his wife and the servants for something they did or did not do. He makes himself and everybody else in the home miserable by his narrowness and his domineering spirit.
The same thing is true in his business. Nothing suits him. He is always grumbling, finding fault, nagging, discouraging his employees. He doesn't know that a little bit of encouragement and praise when they do well would accomplish infinitely more than all his scolding, fretting, stewing and faultfinding, to which they have become so accustomed that it has no effect other than to disgust and make them uncomfortable.
The habit of trying to control people, bossing them, trying to make them do things our way, the habit of keeping everlastingly after our children, with don'ts and shan'ts, and musts, trying to force our life partner, our associates, our employees, to do things according to our ideas, the habit of contradicting and calling people down, of trying to regulate everybody and get all into line, is destructive of all mental harmony. It saps your energies, injures your disposition, and antagonizes all who come in contact with you.
Love's way is the very opposite of this. It is broad and generous, just, magnanimous. It respects the rights and feelings of others. Love does not try to correct defects, to change undesirable qualities or tendencies by continually calling attention to them and finding fault. It simply neutralizes them. Love drives those defects and bad qualities out of the nature just as the sun drives the darkness out of a room when the shutters are flung open.
If there is discord in your home, you will be delighted to find how quickly love's way will drive out the darkness, and let in the light of harmony. It will change the atmosphere in your family as if by magic. It will bring a new spirit into your home, and soon helpful relations will take the place of antagonistic ones. Let sympathy and kindness take the place of scolding and nagging, and you will work a revolution in your household. Generous, wholehearted, unstinted praise, now and then, will act like lubricating oil on dry squeaky machinery, and its reflex action on yourself will be magical.
Try love's way, you men who have been lording it over your families, bullying and browbeating your wives and children, using slave-driving methods in your home. You know that this old brutal way has not brought you happiness or satisfaction; you have always been disappointed with it, then why not try the new philosophy, try love's way? It is the great cure-all, it is the Christ remedy which is leavening the world.
Try it, you faultfinding, scolding housewife. Instead of nagging your family, fretting and stewing from morning till night, blaming, upbraiding, complaining, try love's way. Instead of berating a maid before your guests when she accidentally breaks a piece of china, put yourself in her place, try to realize her embarrassment, and pass over the mishap cheerfully. Then, in private, give her a gentle word of caution. She will be more careful in the future. If your laundress returns a piece of smirched linen, or if her work is not quite so well done as it was the last time, don't give her a brutal scolding. Harsh treatment will only make her sullen and unhappy, but you will find her very susceptible to kindness and gentle words.
You men and women who have never been able to get good help, who are driven to desperation with the wicked breakage and wastage of your employees; you who have suffered torture in your struggle with dishonesty and inefficiency, whose faces are furrowed with cruel wrinkles and prematurely aged in trying to fight evil with evil, try love's way.
Try it, all you who are worn out with the discord and the hagglings, the trials and tribulations you encounter every day in your business. It will create a new spirit in your store, your factory, your office. Whatever your business, whatever your trials and difficulties, love will ease the jolts of life and smooth your way miraculously. Try love's way all you who have hitherto lived in purgatory because you did not know this better way.
Near Grant's Tomb in New York, on the bluffs overlooking the Hudson, is a little marble monument over a century old. It was erected to a little four-year-old boy who was so genial and lovable that everybody who knew him loved him, and it bears this simple inscription, "An amiable child." This is the whole story of the little life, which must have been a beautiful illustration of love's way, for love is always amiable.
Love's way includes everything that is beautiful, everything that is kind and good and clean and true, everything that is worth having. It carries no regrets, it never leaves us sorry. It is pure as the life of a little child. There is always an Amen of the soul to all its acts. Love's way always leads us aright, because it is the God way.
Try love's way, it holds the great secret of happiness.